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JM Barrie christening gown appeal

JM Barrie
JM Barrie is best known for writing the children's novel Peter Pan

A search to find those who wore the christening robes of Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been launched by the National Trust for Scotland.

Barrie's mother Margaret lent the white gown to dozens of other families living in Kirriemuir, Angus in the years following her children's christening.

The search is part of the town's plans to mark the 150th birthday of Barrie.

The robe will be unveiled, along with the descendants of those who may have worn it, on 9 May.

All the Barrie children reportedly wore the white cotton robes with gathered lace sleeves at their own christenings.

When her children grew up, Margaret Barrie regularly lent the garment out to others in the town.

'Crucial artefact'

John McKenna from the National Trust said: "We're hoping that descendents of local babies who were christened in the robe will help us unveil it when we put it back on display.

"It would be wonderful if these families could share their stories with us and shed more light on the history of the piece."

Mr McKenna added: "The robe is a crucial artefact from Barrie's early life and we believe it will add a lot to people's understanding of the experiences which shaped and influenced him in his later years. It also played an important and interesting part in the story of Kirriemuir and many of its families."

Anyone with information relating to their family's connection to the robe, including photographs, is asked to contact Mr McKenna at

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